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‘Gas Gangrene’ An Equine Emergency

A rare-but-serious bacterial infection, clostridial myositis, causes inflammation, muscle death and the release of toxins into a horse’s bloodstream. Prompt intervention with aggressive antibiotic treatment and wound debridement is key to a horse’s survival. Also called gas gangrene, myonecrosis or malignant edema, it occurs most often in horses that have received an injection in their […]

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Race Distance Impacts Endurance Horse Metabolism

Horses that exert energy for extended periods of time tend metabolically swap from carbohydrate consumption to lipid consumption during lengthy rides. Lipid metabolism helps horses maintain energy as their glucose level falls. To better understand the effects of exercise on metabolic pathways, researchers studied 40 horses competing in 50-mile, 75-mile or 100-mile races in France, […]

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Energy Saver: Study Shows That Racehorses Gallop Efficiently

A new study from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) shows that racehorses use less energy to gallop that was previously believed. Using force-plate technology, which measures ground reaction forces, the research team was able to accurately measure the external work used when horses gallop. This was the first time the technique has been used on […]

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Equine Bodysuit Allows Students To ‘See’ Better

While many veterinary students and other equine health professionals have learned the anatomy of a horse by observing the skeletal and muscular system painted on a live horse’s hair coat, this is not always the most-accurate means of learning equine anatomy; the exact location of a specific area may be subject to the painter’s skill […]

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Management Decisions Affect Muscle Development In Racehorses

Muscle problems, especially different forms of tying-up, can significantly, and sometimes permanently, sideline racehorses. Though the prevalence of recurrent exertional rhabdomyolysis (RER) has been studied in different parts of the world, researchers in New Zealand set out to determine feeding and management strategies for racehorses with RER.* A hundred Thoroughbred and Standardbred trainers were surveyed and the […]

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